Tanya Lokshina: 'Dzhalaldinov is only one of the many victims of this staggering, lawless crackdown'

posted 13 Dec 2016, 01:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Dec 2016, 01:06 ]
"For close to a decade, Kadyrov has steadily tried to eradicate all forms of dissent and gradually built a tyranny within Chechnya. Repression against local residents became particularly vicious during the past 18 months, with even the mildest critics brutally punished through abduction-style detentions, public humiliation, torture, enforced disappearances, and retaliation against family members. Dzhalaldinov is only one of the many victims of this staggering, lawless crackdown. Chechnya is an administrative unit of the Russian Federation, and Russia’s authorities are duty bound to uphold the rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in Russia’s domestic legislation and international human rights obligations. Russia’s leadership is clearly aware of the extent to which Chechen authorities have violated human rights, including freedom of expression. But until now, it has done little more than issue rare words of concern. This has to change — and to begin with, federal officials need to guarantee the safety of Dzhalaldinov and his family, carry out an effective investigation into what has been inflicted on them, and make sure that those behind it are held to account."

- Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director, Human Rights Watch

Tanya Lokshina, 'Tyranny versus a village man in Chechnya,' Open Democracy, 10 December 2016